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2014-2015 Philippine Cup

Team Leaders

PPG: C. Hodge (12.62)
RPG: C. Hodge (9.62)
APG: S. Atkins (3.38)
SPG: S. Anthony (1.27)
BPG: C. Hodge (1.23)

December 14, 2014 5:00PM
Smart Araneta Coliseum
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AA 27 47 64 87
MB 12 25 50 69
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Used to winning titles, Meralco coach Norman Black feels Bolts’ sixth place finish ‘not good enough’

December 15, 2014

Meralco Bolts head coach Norman Black. Sports5/Paul Ryan TanFor a coach so accustomed to winning, Meralco’s sixth-place finish in the PBA Philippine Cup isn’t something that multi-titled mentor Norman Black can easily accept.

Black, the third winningest coach in PBA history, led the Bolts within a game from reaching the semifinal round. And while he admits that the team showed some improvement from its recent campaigns, it’s not enough to please a coach with 11 PBA championships, including a rare Grand Slam, under his belt.

“I’m used to a lot of success. I can’t be happy with sixth place. Obviously, it’s an improvement of what happened in the past, but at the same time, it’s not good enough for me,” Black told a small group of sportswriters after the Bolts fell short of making it to the semis following their loss to the Alaska Aces on Sunday.

Against Alaska, the Bolts had a difficult time executing their plays as they were disrupted by a suffocating defense implemented by opposing coach Alex Compton and his wards....

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Alaska annihilates Meralco, books semis duel with Rain or Shine

December 15, 2014

 Vic Manuel poured in 17 points to lead the Aces past the Bolts Photo by KC CruzThe Alaska Aces surprised the Meralco Bolts with a 27-12 first quarter and never looked back, cruising to an 87-69 victory on Sunday.

Vic Manuel led the Aces with 17 points, while Cyrus Baguio had 15. Dondon Hontiveros added 13 while JV Casio had 11.

"The story of the game, yung umpisa namin kapag [at the] half kalaban mo naka-25 lang malaki tsansa mo," said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. "Meralco came back in the second half [but] sobrang ganda ng first half namin."...

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After lopsided 41-point loss early, improved Meralco hoping for better result against Alaska in playoffs

December 14, 2014

Meralco's Jared Dillinger tries to squeeze through the defense of Alaska's Cyrus Baguio and Sonny Thoss. Sports5/Paul MataThe Meralco Bolts will be seeking a seat in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals but they’re going to have to do it against a team that defeated them by a demoralizing 41-point margin in their elimination round bout.

Meralco coach Norman Black is hoping that his side can come out with an improved effort against the No. 3-ranked Alaska Aces in the second phase of the quarterfinals after making some major strides since that lopsided loss.

“We lost by 41 points. Hopefully, we are a better team now than we were back then,” Black told in an interview....

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Alaska, Meralco go all out for semifinal slot

December 14, 2014

CALVIN Abueva will lead Alaska’s charge vs Meralco. AUGUST DELA CRUZAlaska and Meralco, both noted for their hard-nosed defense, clash today in a one-game playoff for a place in the PBA Philippine Cup’s Final Four at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

Game time is 5 p.m. with the Aces having a slight edge owing to a deeper bench.

The winner of this match advances to face Rain or Shine in a seven-game semifinal series with the Elasto Painters fresh from a long break after qualifying outright into the semifinals for finishing second overall in the elimination round....

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Top PBA teams in pursuit of World Peace

December 13, 2014

The former Ron Artest, now Metta World Peace. Philippine Star File photoMANILA, Philippines – Two top PBA teams are reportedly in hot pursuit of former NBA player Metta World Peace as their import for the next conference.

World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, hinted on Thursday that is he bound for Manila in one of his Twitter posts.

PBA import agent Sheryl Reyes confirmed to that World Peace will be available to fly by February and can play as a replacement import....

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Team History (Last 10 Conferences)
Conference Win Loss PCT Placing
2014-2015 Philippine Cup 7 6 0.538 6th
2013-2014 Governors' Cup 3 6 0.333 9th
2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup 6 6 0.500 7th
2013-2014 Philippine Cup 5 10 0.333 9th
2012-2013 Governors' Cup 7 7 0.500 3rd
2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup 8 9 0.471 7th
2012-2013 Philippine Cup 8 8 0.500 5th
2011-2012 Governors' Cup 7 8 0.467 6th
2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup 6 7 0.462 6th
2011-2012 Philippine Cup 8 8 0.500 7th